San Giorgio Ionico

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San Giorgio Ionico
Comune
Comune di San Giorgio Ionico
San Giorgio Jonico, particolari della città.jpg
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
San Giorgio Ionico is located in Italy
San Giorgio Ionico
San Giorgio Ionico
Location of San Giorgio Ionico in Italy
Coordinates: 40°27′N 17°22′E / 40.450°N 17.367°E / 40.450; 17.367
Country Italy
Region Apulia
Province / Metropolitan city Bari (TA)
Frazioni Contrada San Giovanni
Government
 • Mayor Cosimo Fabbiano
Area
 • Total 23 km2 (9 sq mi)
Elevation 75 m (246 ft)
Population (31 DEcember 2010)[1]
 • Total 15,975
 • Density 690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Sangiorgesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 74027
Dialing code 099
Patron saint San Giorgio
Saint day 23 April
Website Official website

San Giorgio Ionico is a town and comune in the province of Taranto, in the northern Salento, part of the Apulia region of southeast Italy.

History[edit]

Human settlements in the area date to as early as the 3rd century BC, as shown by the findings of remains of Iron Age, Hellenistic and Roman structures, and a 4th–3rd century BC necropolis.

The town itself developed starting from the 10th century AD, when refugees from Taranto, then being under the Saracen assault, established near the current Chiesa Madre (Mother Church). New migrants came in the 15th century after the arrival of the Albanian leader Skanderbeg. The town is first mentioned, however, only in 1522.

Population increased in the 1970s when, aside from the traditional agricultural economy, the services and industrial sectors started to expand.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Population from ISTAT